Tim Cook to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at Duke University on May 13

Duke University today announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the 2018 commencement address on May 13 in Wallace Wade Stadium on the university's campus in Durham, North Carolina. Cook earned an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1988 and has served on the university's Board of Trustees since 2015.

"I am absolutely delighted that Tim Cook will be returning to campus as this spring's commencement speaker," said [Duke President Vincent E.] Price. "Throughout his career, Tim has embodied Duke's values of innovation and service to society, whether through his contributions to Apple's groundbreaking technology or his advocacy for social justice. I can imagine no better person, and no bigger Duke fan, to inspire the Class of 2018."

As part of today's announcement, Duke included a brief video revealing its commencement speaker selection using Animoji, with Cook making an appearance as the fox.

"From the first day I walked onto campus more than 30 years ago, Duke has been a source of inspiration and pride for me -- both professionally and through the deep personal friendships that have endured to this day," said Cook. "It's my honor to be returning to salute the class of 2018 as they begin the next chapter of their lives as Duke graduates."

In addition to this year's upcoming appearance at Duke, Cook has delivered a number of other commencement addresses in recent years, including at his undergraduate alma mater Auburn University in 2010, at George Washington University in 2015, and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year.

Top Rated Comments

MacFather Avatar
82 months ago
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Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Piggie Avatar
82 months ago
Has anyone noticed Tim has the habit all the time, again and again starting a sentence with:

"I couldn't be more"

I couldn't be more excitied
I couldn't be more happier

etc etc.....
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ImperialForces Avatar
82 months ago
Give the speech to a collage that doesn’t charge $200,000 for a 4 year degree.

Duke is Puke. Tar Heels!!!!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
82 months ago
OK I don’t mind Animoji but man this was cringeworthy.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThunderSkunk Avatar
82 months ago
I just want to see Tim Cook get up there and say he finally saw The Last Jedi and deliver an impassioned hour long rant on everything wrong with it, to a completely bewildered audience.

Make it one for the ages, Tim.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
japanime Avatar
82 months ago
These things are always a drag to sit through.
I disagree. Most of us only get to sit through a handful of them; our own, perhaps one for a brother or sister, and then those for our own children. All should be proud moments, and not something we find boring.

Oh, and I'd hardly call the commencement speech linked below "a drag."

https://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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